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Host an international student and learn about another culture

June 14, 2019

Would your family enjoy learning about another culture, all while making a lifelong friend? Consider being a host family for an international student attending your Catholic school!

By opening your home to an international student, you’ll discover new traditions and provide a young person an unforgettable opportunity to learn about our part of the world. Contact your school to ask whether there is a need for host families.

One upcoming opportunity to host an international student is a short-term program through West Catholic High School and FLAG International. They're organizing a three-week program for students from Spain to visit Grand Rapids from Sept. 4-26, 2019. Plus, host families can be from schools other than West Catholic! For more information or to register, please contact Ryan Corcoran at by June 28.

Related: International students share culture, create lifelong connections

Catholic schools in the Diocese of Grand Rapids are an alliance of 31 vibrant learning communities (26 elementary and five high schools) serving more than 6,550 preschool through 12th grade students throughout West Michigan. Our schools inspire young people to grow in Catholic faith and grace, achieve more in school and life, develop creativity and character, and feel welcomed and cherished for their unique gifts. We partner with parents to awaken the whole child to a world of light and life — that grows better and brighter when children reach their potential.